Friday, June 1, 2012

Parkway Village makes National Register


From the Queens Courier:

Parkway Village in Kew Gardens Hills — deemed worthy of preservation — has joined the nation’s official list of historic places.

“As a community struggling to survive and flourish in challenging economic times, it is gratifying for long-time Parkway residents like me to witness the official recognition of Parkway Village’s illustrious history,” said Judith Guttman, co-president of the Parkway Village Historical Society. “I’m proud to be a Villager.”

Parkway, a roughly 35-acre co-op community, was built in the late 1940s. The more than 60-year-old post-war garden complex was originally built to house UN staff members.

While proposals to designate Parkway as a landmark were rejected at least twice — in 1997 and 2000 — by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, it is now part of the National Register of Historic Places, a federal program aimed at protecting the country’s historic and archeological resources. Parkway also joins historic New York sites like Carnegie Hall, Central Park, the Empire State Building and the Brooklyn Bridge on the state’s Historic Registry.

“We all know how much overdevelopment threatens the character of historic neighborhoods like Parkway Village,” said Assemblymember Rory Lancman, who held a press conference on May 24 to commemorate the recognition. “Listing Parkway Village on the State and National Historic Registries is both a tremendous honor for its residents, and a sigh of relief for families in this area who want to see their neighborhoods and their quality of life preserved for future generations.”

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's "nice".

So did Broadway-Flushing...
several years ago.

That hasn't stopped the tear downs and gross alterations there.

Municipal (LPC) landmark status:
Accept no substitute!

Anything else
is just whistlin' "Dixie".

Anonymous said...

A majority of the residents would have refused to have this listing. This listing was done privately by a small group of people. The shareholders had no knowledge of this nomimation and were not notified of it until it was too late. We had no say is this at all. It was all done very sneaky.

".. If the owner (or a majority of owners for a district nomination) objects, the property cannot be listed but may be forwarded to the National Park Service for a Determination of Eligibility (DOE).

Anonymous said...

"A majority of the residents would have refused to have this listing".
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You phony ass pretender!

A shill can always be detected
by the "aroma" they exude...
even here in cyberspace.